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  • January 06, 2022

    Christine R. Wray announces Jan. 2022 retirement after 42 years of service in healthcare

    CLINTON, Md.Christine R. Wray, FACHE, president of MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital who also serves as a senior vice president for MedStar Health, announced that she will be retiring on January 28, 2022.

    Wray was named president of MedStar Southern Maryland in September 2014, two years after MedStar Health acquired the hospital located in the Clinton area of Prince George’s County. With Wray at the helm, MedStar Southern Maryland saw the development and growth of several new service lines.

    In 2016, the hospital received national recognition from U.S. News & World Report, having ranked among the top 50 of best hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery. In 2017, MedStar Southern Maryland joined the prestigious MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute-Cleveland Clinic Alliance. Wray also helped facilitate the opening of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center in February 2020. This 25,000 square foot facility offers unmatched medical expertise, leading-edge therapies, and access to robust clinical research, all under the same roof.

    Moreover, the construction of MedStar Southern Maryland’s new Emergency Department (ED) expansion project took place under Wray’s leadership, and remained on schedule despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The $43 million ED expansion project has been deemed the largest construction project in the hospital’s history. The new emergency department opened its doors in April 2021 to provide local residents with seamless access to the most advanced care.

    Wray’s focus on providing quality care has helped MedStar Southern Maryland build a foundation of excellence that will serve local communities for decades to come. MedStar Southern Maryland is grateful for the innumerable and lasting contributions that Wray made throughout her 42-year healthcare career.

    “I have so cherished working with all of you in our commitment and service to our wonderful communities. It has truly been an honor and a privilege,” Wray said in an announcement that was emailed to hospital associates. “Please always be proud of the work you do and how you care for each other as you care for our patients. It is incredibly important work and you are the best of the best!

    Dr. Stephen Michaels, who currently serves as the chief operating and medical officer for MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, will take over as president of MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.

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  • July 02, 2019

    CLINTON, MD-- MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center (MSMHC)’s Cancer Care staff has grown by one oncologist, Dr. Stephen “Eric” Rubenstein.

    In his previous position, Dr. Rubenstein cultivated a growing cancer treatment program from a collection of physicians into a thriving comprehensive cancer treatment center that expanded access to clinical trials and state-of-the-art care.  He has joined Medstar with the same goal of expanding access to tertiary services, multidisciplinary care, clinical trials, and supportive care by integrating service lines to improve both the patient experience and clinical outcomes.  

    At MSMHC, physicians involved in cancer treatment also serve on MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center’s Cancer Committee.  This body meets regularly to consult on cases, discuss best practices, and foster more seamless relationships between those involved in cancer care.

    “I hope to serve as a connector between all disciplines involved in cancer treatment, from the patient to radiation and surgical oncologists, specialists and primary care doctors, nursing, social workers and family support,” said Dr. Rubenstein.  “It’s our goal to serve everyone, working in an integrated fashion.”

     Dr. Rubenstein’s philosophy when it comes to cancer care is to tailor care to the individual patient’s needs while collaborating with all care providers, and taking an approach that involves cooperation between everyone involved in a patient’s treatment.  Doing so, he believes, results in a better patient experience.

    “It’s in our best interest to create a comprehensive cancer care network for our community, to expand access to state-of-the-art care,” said Dr. Rubenstein.  “The key is to let patients stay near home, in their community, not have to struggle to get to a reputable cancer center.  We know there are physical limitations associated with a cancer diagnosis and the ideal place to heal is at home under the careful watch of family, friends and community.”

    Prior to joining MSMHC, Dr. Rubenstein served as Medical Director of Oncology Research with the Franciscan Physician Network in Indiana.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree from Georgetown University, and attended medical school at Tel Aviv University in Ramat Aviv, Israel.  His residency and fellowship took place at Albert Einstein and SUNY Downstate, and Dr. Rubenstein did research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 

    Dr. Rubenstein’s office is located in the Professional Building connected to MSMHC. For an appointment, please call 301-877-5800.

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    About MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center:

    MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, located in Clinton, Maryland, is a 176-bed acute care hospital serving the Washington, D.C., metro and Southern Maryland area. The hospital is focused on caring for patients and their loved ones utilizing advanced technology under the guidance of expert clinicians. Quality, Safety, Wellness, and Patient Satisfaction are achieved through a spirit of patient centered services that connect us to the community we serve.

    For more information, visit MedstarSouthernMaryland.org.

  • July 02, 2019

    Clinton, MD, — MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center (MSMHC) has received the Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

    Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI),the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

    The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.

    MSMHC earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility.

    “Our hospital is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said MSMHC President Christine Wray. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care through Mission: Lifeline.”

    “We commend MSMHC for this award in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.”

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    About MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center:

    MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, located in Clinton, Maryland, is a 176-bed acute care hospital serving the Washington, D.C., metro and Southern Maryland area. The hospital is focused on caring for patients and their loved ones utilizing advanced technology under the guidance of expert clinicians. Quality, Safety, Wellness, and Patient Satisfaction are achieved through a spirit of patient centered services that connect us to the community we serve. For more information, visit MedstarSouthernMaryland.org.

    About Mission: Lifeline

    The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation clinical treatment guidelines.  For more information, visit heart.org.

  • June 27, 2019

    CLINTON, MD -  MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center’s community magazine, Health, and four pieces of its 2018 Hospital Week marketing materials have won 2019 Gold Aster Awards. MedStar Southern Maryland’s associate newsletter Connections won a Silver Aster Award, and MedStar Southern Maryland’s Annual Nursing Report and Hospital Week CNA and Tech Luncheon Invitation won Bronze Aster Awards. Aster Awards are granted annually for excellence in healthcare communication. 

    “I’m very proud of our Marketing Team,” said MedStar Southern Maryland President Christine Wray. “We try not only to be a great hospital for our patients, but also a great place to come and work. We attract talented people to every team in the building and the Marketing Department is no exception. They come up with great content to inform our community members in Health magazine and important articles to inform associates in Connections. I applaud MedStar Southern Maryland’s Marketing associates for earning this recognition.” 

    Health is a glossy magazine mailed out to more than 220,000 households surrounding the hospital. This magazine is shot by professional photographer Ryan Smith**. The publication also begins with a Letter from MedStar Southern Maryland President Christine Wray. It contains a Patient Testimonial cover story, and feature articles promoting the work of the hospital, educational articles on medical conditions and treatments, and a Heart&Soul section featuring MedStar Southern Maryland’s Cardiology Department. Current and past issues of Health are available on the MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center website

    Connections is published monthly and mailed to associates’ homes. It features a Letter from the President, stories about physicians and the latest innovations at MedStar Southern Maryland, department spotlights, and contributions from human resources and nursing. 

    Hospital Week is celebrated annually in May with a series of fun events for hospital associates. The hospital’s annual nursing reports are created yearly to provide a detailed report of accomplishments throughout the year. 

    To be considered for an Aster Award, a healthcare facility had to submit all advertising/marketing materials developed, produced and/or distributed during the calendar year 2018 to be eligible for the 2019 program. All entries for each category are placed together for judging by a panel of design and healthcare marketing professionals with decades of combined experience. Entries are judged on: Creativity, Layout/Design, Typography, Production, and Quality & Overall Effectiveness. For more information, visit www.asterawards.com
    **For more information on photographer Ryan Smith, visit ryansmithproductions.com or call 267-712-9501. 

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    About MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

    MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, located in Clinton, Maryland, is a 176 bed acute care hospital serving the Washington, D.C., metro and Southern Maryland area. The hospital is focused on caring for patients and their loved ones utilizing advanced technology under the guidance of expert clinicians. Quality, Safety, Wellness, and Patient Satisfaction are achieved through a spirit of patient centered services that connect us to the community we serve. 
    For more information, visit MedStarSouthernMaryland.org

  • June 25, 2019

    LEONARDTOWN, MD— MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s Marketing, Public Relations & Philanthropy Department was recently honored with seven awards in two nationwide competitions honoring excellence in medical marketing. 

    The Healthcare Advertising Awards are sponsored by the Healthcare Marketing Report, a publications group focused on marketing news from around the nation in the fields of higher education and healthcare. More than 4,000 submissions were received in 2019, according to the committee, with gold recognition awarded to only 346 entries — two of which went to MedStar St. Mary’s.

    Healthcare Advertising Awards received were:

    • Gold for “A Mad Adventure: Gala 2018,” Special Events
    • Gold for The Pulse – 2018 Series, Internal Publications
    • Silver for Healthy Living – 2018 Series, Newsletters
    • Merit for the 2018 Nursing Annual Report, Annual Reports

    The Aster Awards, a competition dedicated to recognizing excellence in medical marketing, is hosted by Marketing Healthcare Today. The awards program began in 2001 and has become one of the largest medical marketing awards competitions of its kind.

    Aster Awards received this year were:

    • Gold for “A Mad Adventure: Gala 2018,” Special Events
    • Gold for The Pulse – 2018 Series, Internal Newsletter Series
    • Silver for the 2018 Bariatric Campaign, Service Line – Bariatric Services

    Among its many roles, the hospital’s Marketing, Public Relations & Philanthropy Department is responsible for developing internal and external communications; planning philanthropic initiatives and associate-oriented events; coordinating advertising and public relations; and serving as a liaison to community partners. Team members are Holly Meyer, director; Ruby Hawks, assistant director; Jennifer Davis and Sandy Ondrejcak, designers; Jeni Irwin, marketing and philanthropy coordinator; and Deborah Gross and Megan Johnson, writers.

    “Creativity and positivity are abundant in our department. This year’s awards celebrate our commitment to teamwork and quality storytelling,” said Meyer. “We are proud of the work we do on behalf of MedStar St. Mary’s and are pleased to represent our associates and hospital in the community.”

  • June 25, 2019

    Neil J. Weissman, MD, FASE, president of MedStar Health Research Institute and chief scientific officer for MedStar Health, was awarded the 2019 Mentorship Award from the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE). This award recognizes a senior physician who has demonstrated exceptional mentorship within ASE. Read More >>

  • June 25, 2019
    Devices Can Cause Devastating Hand, Finger and Arm Injuries

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